Friday, February 28, 2014

New Blog!! Change your reader link

kathryncooperwrites.com

Hi wonderful blogger friends! I have loved posting on Clean Teen Fiction and Clean Adult Fiction for the past few years. I wanted to sync my life so I've merged my blogs into ONE! I won't be able to fix the rss feeds to go from here to there because I have a ton of post links under my tabs for reviews by content, stars, and title. I won't get around to changing those post links to the links on my new site for awhile. All my posts automatically moved to my new site though so you'll be able to find all the reviews there just know some of the formatting is a little skewed from the move until I get around to fixing that.

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I'm sorry for the inconvenience. Okay that just made me think of Studio C. Hahaha any of y'all watching that show from BYUtv? It's like Saturday Night Live but PG rated.

Bottom Line is if you still want to see all my reviews please follow my new site. You can unfollow this blog if you want since I will only post every couple months to let you know that you need to follow my new blog. :)

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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Moving!

After almost 3 years of book blogging I'm moving from blogger to wordpress. All of my posts and comments have been exported to wordpress. I still have some things to do to help redirect RSS feeds and for my blogger posts to link directly to the same post on wordpress. I don't have time for that right now so head on over to my new blog!

Kathryn Cooper Writes

I wanted to merge both of my blogs, Clean Teen Fiction and Clean Adult Fiction. I also wanted a blog where I could post about my journey to publishing. I hope to get my YA book published one day. 

My new twitter is @katcoopwrites. My new facebook is facebook.com/kathryncooperwrites.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Blog Tour and Review: Echo in Time by C.J. Hill


I get to participate in the blog tour for an amazing book! Echo in Time by C.J. Hill hosted by Fire and Ice I recently read the first book in the series, Erasing Time, so I'm posting that review first. This is a series to read!

Blog Tour Schedule
Fire and Ice- December 24- Kick Off
Candace’s Book Blog- December 27- Review
Clean Teen Fiction -December 28- Review
Fiktshun- December 30- Guest Post
Getting Your Read On -January 2-Review
Two Chicks on Books- January 3- Ten’s List
Bittersweet Enchantment -January 4-Review
Tressa’s Wishful Endings- January 5- Review
Literary Time Out -January 6- Review
Min Reads and Reviews- January 7- Review

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Title: Erasing Time
Author: C.J. Hill
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: August 2012
Pages: 368
Series: Erasing Time #1
5 STARS: I LOVED IT!!!

When twins Sheridan and Taylor wake up 400 years in the future, they find a changed world: domed cities, no animals, and a language that's so different, it barely sounds like English. And the worst news: They can't go back home.

The twenty-fifth-century government transported the girls to their city hoping to find a famous scientist to help perfect a devastating new weapon. The same government has implanted tracking devices in the citizens, limiting and examining everything they do. Taylor and Sheridan have to find a way out of the city before the government discovers their secrets. To complicate matters, the moblike Dakine has interest in getting hold of them too. The only way for the girls to elude their pursuers is to put their trust in Echo, a guy with secrets of his own. The trio must put their faith in the unknown to make a harrowing escape into the wilds beyond the city.

Full of adrenaline-injected chases and heartbreaking confessions, Erasing Time explores the strength of the bonds between twins, the risks and rewards of trust, and the hard road to finding the courage to fight for what you believe in.

My Thoughts:
I was a slightly afraid to read a sci-fi book since I'm not a big sci-fi reader, BUT I had to read this since C.J. Hill (aka Janette Rallison) is my favorite author. I knew I would like it but was interested to see how she would write a sci-fi. Wow, I loved it! She must have done a lot of science research for this book. I didn't understand everything Taylor said but hey neither did Sheridan. I'm not a science genius.

I really enjoyed the romance even though I didn't know how to trust Echo. There were chapters from his point of view, and I still didn't know if I could trust the guy. Super mysterious. I thought I had figured out his secrets, but I did not!

Taylor and Sheridan were great. The twin sister relationship was fun to see, so real and easy to connect with. Sometimes you agree and sometimes you don't. Sometimes you make selfish decisions and sometimes heroic ones. Loved loved it.

I loved how Sheridan and Taylor were from our time but found themselves 400 years in the future. Even the English dialect had changed. Erasing Time was a great book for anyone who loves dystopian romance or sci-fi books with romance.

Content Ratings: highlight between ( ) to view details
Sexual Content: mild ( kissing, 1 rude guy's innuendo language )
Language: none/ made up cursing
Violence: mild/moderate ( abuse, gun fighting, injury, killing )

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Title: Echo in Time
Author: C.J. Hill
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: December 2013
Pages: 400
Series: Erasing Time #2
4 Stars: I Really Liked It

Echo in Time delivers on "the possibility of an equally thrilling sequel" (Kirkus Reviews) to Erasing Time.

After being pulled 400 years into the future, twins Taylor and Sheridan have found some refuge from the government of Traventon, which used the dangerous Time Strainer to yank the girls from the past. Yet the threat of the dangerous technology still looms. Taylor and an ally, Joseph, are selected to go on a mission to destroy the time machine and weapon. But their actions before they do may have major consequences for the future and the past.

Action-packed and romantic, this futuristic sequel to Erasing Time is perfect for fans of dystopian and sci-fi novels such as The Maze Runner by James Dashner, Across the Universe by Beth Revis, and Matched by Ally Condie.

My Thoughts:
Echo in Time started a few weeks after the end of Erasing Time. The beginning was a little slow for me because I felt a connection with Sheridan in the first book then this book started with chapters from Taylor's point of view. I hadn't connected with Taylor as much in the first book since I thought she was a little snotty. So I felt impatient reading Taylor's POV at the beginning, but I was pleasantly surprised to learn to love and respect Taylor.

The characters in C.J. Hill's books are always amazing, even the side characters. There were some funny moments and some fun romance that made me smile.

Some heart breaking things happened in the story, but things didn't get too dark or heavy. That's my kind of book. Serious, happy, with some romance too. This seemed to be the end of the series. It came to a great conclusion. I really enjoyed Erasing Time and Echo in Time and recommend them to all clean romance/ action lovers.

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Sexual Content: mild ( kissing )
Language: none/ made up cursing
Violence: mild/moderate ( blood, injuries, shooting, abuse )
I received the book from the publisher. Thank you! I am not paid for my reviews. My reviews are solely my opinion.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
CJ Hill is a pen name for a YA author who is best known for writing romantic comedies. (Slayers will be her 18th published book.) Her writing has shifted away from the romantic comedy genre, so her editor thought a pen name would be a good idea. (New books will include: dangerous dragons, time travel to dystopian worlds, and flesh-eating beetles.) Since the publisher refused to let her have the pseudonym : The Artist Formerly Referred to as Princess, she chose a name to honor her mother. CJ Hill was her mother's pen name, or at least it would have been if her mother had published. Her mother wrote a few children's books and a middle grade novel but was taken by cancer before she had fully learned the craft.

Most writers' first novels aren't publishable. CJ Junior's first novel wasn't, but somehow was published anyway. Now, even though it is out of print, it remains forever available on Amazon, where it taunts her with its badness. This was another good reason to use a pen name.

CJ Hill has five children, three of whom like her on any given day depending on who is in trouble. She has lived in Arizona for the last half of her life, but is still in desert denial and hopes that one day her garden will grow silver bells and cockle shells or maybe just tomatoes.

Monday, December 23, 2013

United We Spy by Ally Carter

THIS IS BOOK #6 IN THE SERIES
MY REVIEWS:
BOOK 1: I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You
BOOK 2: Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy
BOOK 3: Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover
BOOK 4: Only the Good Spy Young
BOOK 5: Out of Sight, Out of Time
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Title: United We Spy
Author: Ally Carter
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: September 2013
Pages: 296
Series: Gallagher Girls #6
5 STARS: I LOVED IT!!!

Cammie Morgan has lost her father and her memory, but in the heart-pounding conclusion to the best-selling Gallagher Girls series, she finds her greatest mission yet. Cammie and her friends finally know why the terrorist organization called the Circle of Cavan has been hunting her. Now the spy girls and Zach must track down the Circle’s elite members to stop them before they implement a master plan that will change Cammie—and her country—forever.

My Thoughts
This was the final book of the series, book #6, so obviously I love this series. I wouldn't spend my time reading all 6 books if I didn't love it! I love when a series ends in a way that makes sense for the characters and overall series' plot; it makes me happy.

The best part about reading a series is the relationship you develop with the characters. You come to know them like you know your friends. Just like many of you know Harry, Ron, and Hermione, I have come to know and love Cammie, Bex, Liz, Macey, and Zach. These girls are so kick butt, and Zach is tough but seriously a cutie. Zach and Cammie! I've loved watching these characters grow. Graduation= My Teary Eyes

If you love a girls-rule spy school YA book then you must read this series. If you love watching a sweet romance grow then you must read this series. And if you love strong characters with an intense exciting plot then YOU MUST READ THE GALLAGHER GIRLS SERIES!

Content Ratings: highlight between ( ) to view details
Sexual Content: mild ( kissing )
Language: very mild ( bloody- 2 )
Violence: mild/moderate ( gun wounds, murders, blood, injuries, fighting )

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The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

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Title: The Distance Between Us
Author: Kasie West
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: July 2013
Pages: 320
Series: none
5 STARS: I LOVED IT!!!

Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she's beginning to enjoy his company.

She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.

My Thoughts:
I'll try not to gush endlessly about this book. Look at the cover! Gorgeous. Look at the names! Caymen and Xander. Love those names. Now I have to read all of Kasie West's books because I loved this one.

I loved the unique character voice and sarcastic dry humor of Caymen. She grew up above her mom's porcelain doll shop but thought the dolls were creepy. That was the best part. Before reading I pictured her loving the dolls all her life, but they actually freaked her out a little.

I love contemporary fiction, but I think it can be a hard genre to write a clean romance with a moving and interesting plot. But Kasie West did it! The plot and amazing characters kept me turning pages, and at the same time not wanting the story to end.

The Distance Between Us was a swoony love story with amazing chemistry that made me giggle. A must-read for all YA romance lovers.

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Sexual Content: mild ( kissing, 1 brief mention of tongue )
Language: none
Violence: none

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